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    Pixie in the Playground
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    Default Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    I'm joining a Decent into Avernus game using Adventures League rules and I'm not 100% sure what to play.

    The party has got a Hunter Ranger (Dex based), Lore Bard, War Cleric.
    Starting at level 2 (I already played 1 session).

    I had the idea for a Half-Orc Zealot Barbarian but I wanted to hear other opinions and ideas.

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    Troll in the Playground
     
    PaladinGuy

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    Default Re: Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    I mean, itís really hard to beat a Paladin for their smite ability when you are talking friends.

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    Orc in the Playground
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    Default Re: Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    I don't think you can be decent in Avernus....

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    Ogre in the Playground
     
    OrcBarbarianGuy

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    Default Re: Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    Zealots will be very solid with their radiant damage, as would the aforementioned Paladin.

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    Troll in the Playground
     
    jaappleton's Avatar

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    Default Re: Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    Quote Originally Posted by GlenSmash! View Post
    Zealots will be very solid with their radiant damage, as would the aforementioned Paladin.
    Youíd think so...

    But nothing really her vulnerability to Radiant there.

    I suggest Bladelock. Pact of the Blade makes your weapon magical, which does matter quite a bit. Alternatively, Devotion Paladin because their channel Divinity also makes the weapon magical.

    Also, avoid anything dealing Fire, Cold or Lightning. Best damage types would be Thunder, Radiant, Force and.... oddly enough, Necrotic.

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    Orc in the Playground
     
    GnomeWizardGuy

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    Default Re: Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    Paladins and barbarians are both fun. An ancients paladin's turn the faithless would be helpful in Avernus, giving you the ability to turn fiends once per short rest.

    Or you could play a blaster like dragon sorcerer or evocation wizard, but watch resistances. The cleric is the tank, the bard will manage crowd control, and the ranger has ranged single target damage. So just decide if you want single target melee damage or AOE damage from spells. Either one works so play the one that sounds more fun.
    Last edited by Bobthewizard; 2019-10-29 at 06:56 PM.

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    PirateGuy

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    Default Re: Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    Based on that group, I'd say Paladin, probably Ancients. Your smite will hit a bit harder and Turn the faithless could actually see some use. A little back up healing in case the cleric drops never hurt.

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    Halfling in the Playground
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    Jan 2018

    Default Re: Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    Half-orc zealot Barbarian is a beast, else how about a Monk for something different. Or Ancients Paladin as others have said but using a nice XGtE sub-race Tiefling (Zariel decent?) could make for a very strong character, and great role playing potential!
    Last edited by Zerubbabel; 2019-10-30 at 03:15 AM.

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    Dwarf in the Playground
     
    Planetar

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    Default Re: Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Cr0ws View Post
    I'm joining a Decent into Avernus game using Adventures League rules and I'm not 100% sure what to play.
    This season it seems like a really good idea to play an Aasimar or Tiefling, generally speaking. Both races are made available to everyone, having a rare exception to the PHB+1 rule (Volo), and both can get Flying at level 5 in exchange for their subrace's 1-minute feat & Light cantrip (Aasimar) or Infernal Legacy trait (Tiefling).

    It stands to reason that there might be an unusually large amount of flying enemies during the campaign, which makes Flying very valuable even for a more tanky/melee character. And Flying is cool!

    The Charisma bonus of those races will be wasted on a Barbarian (unless you multiclass into Warlock or something), so maybe a Paladin is a good alternative. With the Season 9 rule the Aasimar subraces only differ in their +1 ability bonus: WIS, CON, STR. Either way, a raging or smiting Angel fits very well in Zariel's domain.

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    Ettin in the Playground
     
    Zombie

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    Default Re: Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    If you want to play a sorc or wizard, be a variant human and take that feat that ignores resistance but not immunity for one element.
    I am the flush of excitement. The blush on the cheek. I am the Rouge!

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    ClericGuy

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    Default Re: Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    Quote Originally Posted by nickl_2000 View Post
    I mean, itís really hard to beat a Paladin for their smite ability when you are talking friends.
    Yes, you should always try to smite your friends.

    Paladin is always strong, especially something like Paladin of Devotion. I'd be curious to see how something like Oath of Redemption would work in Descent into Avernus, given certain plot points you're sure to encounter.

    But.... yeah. It all depends on how you feel like playing it.
    Last edited by GreyBlack; 2019-10-30 at 05:21 PM.

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    Ettin in the Playground
     
    Zombie

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    Default Re: Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    A celestial warlock could be fun.
    I am the flush of excitement. The blush on the cheek. I am the Rouge!

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    Troll in the Playground
     
    PaladinGuy

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    Default Re: Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    Quote Originally Posted by GreyBlack View Post
    Yes, you should always try to smite your friends.
    You donít know my friends ;)

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    Pixie in the Playground
     
    BlueWizardGirl

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    Dec 2018

    Default Re: Decent into Avernus: Character Help

    Just completed our fourth session of Decent in Avernus. Our team is as follows: (we all just made lvl 3 and are in Adventure League)

    Warlock/bard
    Warlock
    Cleric
    Paladin/Sorcerer
    Zealot Barbarian
    Moon Druid
    Shepard Druid (me)

    Thinking about changing to bladesong bc 1) havenít played wizard bf, 2) too much overlap with Moon Druid, 3) want to mix it up in melee sometimes and we got healing covered.

    Still very early in the game (just complete ďbathhouseĒ encounter). Our DM plays the npcs smartly which is fun (our paladin actually died - not 0 hp but died).

    We got damage, meat shield and healing covered so may focus on controlling with the bladesong.

    Have fun and play what you like.

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